The following reports were prepared by students of ILRHR 6640: HR Online Research and Reporting Methods for Executive Decision-Making in cooperation with HR executives at Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies-sponsoring companies. CAHRS sponsors submitted questions about current HR issues that they were facing and the students then did comprehensive research on the topic in question using a large number of free and library-purchased resources otherwise not available to the general public. The students then prepared an executive summary of no more than two pages that addressed the specific needs of the company in question. These reports were then shared with the HR executives that had requested the research in order for the companies to benefit from the findings that the students had compiled.

The executive summaries shared below are the same as the ones submitted back to the CAHRS sponsors, except any reference to the company requesting the research has been redacted.

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Manuscripts from 2016

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How do you Measure the Impact of Effective Onboarding Practices?, Peter Baek and Steven Bramwell

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What Contributes to a Successful Leadership Development Program, Peter Baek and Steven Bramwell

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Is there a Correlation between Diversity in the Workforce and Diversity in the Leadership and Business Results?, Peter Baek and Steve Reidy

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What are some Best-in-Class Examples of Corporate Cultures and Values Brought-to-Life in Workplace Behaviors that drove Clear Business Results?, Danielle Collier and Tara Murphy

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Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions?, Danielle Collier and Charlotte Zhang

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What are some Effective HR Measures that can be Built out of Existing HR or Business Strategies to Measure the Impact and Success of HR Intervention?, Danielle Collier and Helen Zheng

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What are the Best Practices and the Most Effective Measurement Strategies for Companies using Formalized Internal Coaches vs. Hiring External Coaches?, Kaitlyn Conboy and Chris Kelly

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What Evidence is There that Mentoring Works to Retain and Promote Employees, Especially Diverse Employees, Within a Single Company?, Kaitlyn Conboy and Chris Kelly

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What are Some Cultural Variances that Explain Differences in Employee Engagement, and What are the Implications of those Differences?, Kaitlyn Conboy and Joy Yoon

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Engagement (Awareness/Tools) Training - Does it Work?, Meher Kanigiri and Donald Quinones

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How Do Established Companies Acquiring Startups Retain the Innovative Thinkers and Leverage this Thinking?, Christopher Kelly and Candice Ma

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Are there any New or Proven Practices in Identifying Team Members with "High Potential"?, Ye Lei and Meher Kanigiri

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What are Alternatives to Traditional Performance Rating Cycles and Processes?, Ye Lei and Bixi Tian

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How Do Organizations Assess for Potential, in addition to a Talent Review Process?, Ye Lei and Charlotte Zhang

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For Companies Doing Away with Performance Management System and Having No Ratings over the Recent Years: What Has Been Learned?, Anthony Leon and Tara Murphy

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What is the Business Case for Using Assessment Tools in the External Selection Process for Executives?, Candice Ma and Katie Rapp

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How Do We Create a Robust Internal Labor Market so that Employees can Move Freely into New Roles?, Candice Ma and Steven Reidy

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What is the Definition of Gender Pay Equity?, Tara Murphy and Helen Zheng

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What are the Factors that Most Impact an Organization's Effectiveness in Identifying, Developing, and Utilizing Successors for Leadership Positions?, Donald Quinones and Anthony Leon

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How do we Bridge the Gap between the Five Generations in the Workforce and Reduce Biases around Age?, Donald Quinones and Bixi Tian

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How Can Organizations Adopt and Measure Design Thinking Process?, Katie Rapp and Caitlin Stroup

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What are Organizational and Cultural Barriers in the Workplace to Women Advancing to the C-Suite?, Katie Rapp and Joy Yoon

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How are Ethnic Hairstyles Really Viewed in the Workplace?, Steven Reidy and Meher Kanigiri

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What Impact do Flexible Working Arrangements (FWA) have on Employee Performance and Overall Business Results?, Caitlin Stroup and Joy Yoon

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What are Key Emerging, Employee-Facing Trends in HR that will be Influential in Attracting and Retaining Future Top Talent?, Caitlin Stroup and Helen Zheng

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For those Companies that Allow their People to Represent them via External Social Media, What Types of Activities and Level of Scrutiny are Applied?, Bixi Tian and Anthony Leon

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What are the Current and Emergent HR Capability Needs (Gaps) for Various HR Roles?, Charlotte Zhang and Steven Bramwell

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How is Frequent Movement in the Early Part of Employees’ Careers Related to Longer-Term Success in Leadership Roles?, Alex Avery

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What are the Top Considerations and Benefits of Internal Career Coaching?, Alex Avery

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What is the Impact of Blended Learning Including Micro-Learning on Manager Learning and Behavior Change vs. Impact of Classroom Learning?, Alex Avery

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Are There Differences In Long-Term Commitment between the Different Generations in the Workforce?, Alana Cunningham

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What are the Benefits of Mentorship Relationships?, Alana Cunningham

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What are the Key Drivers Used to Promote Employee Motivation and Engagement in a Manufacturing Environment?, Alana Cunningham

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Do Open/Collaborative Work Environments Increase, Decrease or Tend To Keep Employee Satisfaction Neutral?, Jeffrey Joseph

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What are the Top Factors that Prevent Women and Racial/Ethnic Minority Employees From Leaving Engineering Professions or the Tech Industry?, Jeffrey Joseph

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What Companies Use Blind/Anonymous Resumes and What Benefits Have They Reported?, Jeffrey Joseph

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Would Opening a Satellite Office in or near a Major Metropolitan City Be Beneficial in the Successful Recruitment and Retention of High Potential Young Employees?, Christian J. Miller

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How Can Firms Located in Rural Areas Better Position Themselves to Attract and Retain Millennial Talent?, Ikenna Njemanze

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What are Some Key Adjustments Companies Need to Consider over the Next 5 Years to Best Engage Millennials?, Ikenna Njemanze

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What Does Being a Strategic HR Business Partner Look Like in Practice?, Ikenna Njemanze

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What Alternative Performance Appraisal Methods Have Companies Used to Replace Forced Rankings?, Michelle Zeng

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What Capabilities Will Be Critical in the Digital Age for CHROs?, Michelle Zeng

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What Metrics and Frameworks Best Calculate the ROI of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities in the Services Industry?, Michelle Zeng

Manuscripts from 2015

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How do Recognition Programs Impact Employee Engagement and How have Companies with a Large Global Footprint Structured such Programs to Drive Results?, Greg Bartlomiejczuk

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What are the Relationships Between Job and Organizational Tenure, and Job Performance?, Greg Bartlomiejczuk

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How Can Software Development Companies Build Engagement to Common Goals Among Globally Dispersed Teams?, Greg Bartlomiejczuk and Nicholas Born

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What Factors Will Transform the Contemporary Work Environment and Characterize the Future of Work?, Nicholas Born and Elad Drori

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What are Best Practices in the Space of Employer Branding that Enable Organizations Attract and Retain the Best Talent?, NIcholas Born and Seoung Kil Kang

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What Elements of a Performance Management Framework Have Been Shown to Promote High Levels of Participation?, Salma Ehsan Cheema

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What Methods can an Organization Utilize to Spur Employees into Exploring New and Innovative Solutions to Organizational Challenges?, Elad Drori

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What Strategies do Companies use to Transform Employees into Social Media Advocates?, Elad Drori

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What are Practical, Meaningful, and Actionable Ways for HR Professionals to Gain Business Experience and Acumen so that they can Truly Make an Impact as Business Partners?, Maria Grillo

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What Types of Predictive Analytics are Being Used in Talent Management Organizations?, Maria Grillo

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A Strategic Approach to Onboarding Design: Surveys, Materials, & Diverse Hires, Maria Grillo and Hee Kyoung Kim

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How Do You Effectively Engage Employees During Times of Change and Uncertainty?, Alison Hackett

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What are the Key Practices that STEM & Manufacturing based Companies are Deploying to Drive Improvements in the Diversity of their Workforce?, Alison Hackett

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Describe Innovative and Creative Approaches to On-The-Go Learning, Sebastian Heppner and Jae Man Hwang

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What are the Measurable Qualities that Define Executive Presence and How can we use these to Tangibly Assess Leaders?, Sebastian Heppner and Tung-Ling Wang

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What are Best Practices for Preparing High-Potentials for Future Leadership Roles?, Jae Man Hwang and Paul Rauen

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How Can Learning & Development be Applied to Support Employees' Changing Career Paths?, Sanghoon Jin and Hee Kyoung Kim

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What are the Best Practices to Assess Leadership Effectiveness?, Seoung Kil Kang and Sanghoon Jin

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Along the Spectrum of Transparency, What is the Optimal Level in Sharing Performance Management Assessments with Employees?, Kasey Kovack

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How Can We Instill a Culture of Accountability in Employees in Manufacturing Companies?, Kasey Kovack

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What are the Key Competencies and Skills Required for Leaders in China for the Greatest ROI?, Kasey S. Kovack

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What are the Best Processes for Using Metrics to Ensure Organizational Optimization Needs of our HR Clients are Being Met?, Grace Lee and Sebastian Heppner

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How Do You Shift From a Siloed System to Portfolio Solutions?, Grace Lee and Vivek K. Subramanian

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What are the Most Critical HR Capabilities and Competencies that are Emerging for the Future?, Darren Liu and Grace Lee

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With a US Focus, What is the Relationship Between Paid Maternity Leave and Voluntary Resignation?, Paul Rauen

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What Attracts People to the Life Sciences Industry, and What Motivates Them to Stay?, Vivek K. Subramanian

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What are Some of the Most Important Capacities Needed to Build Accountability in Managing HR Processes?, Tonya Wang

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What Motivates Recent Graduates to Join High-Tech Companies?, Tonya Wang, Paul Rauen, and Vivek K. Subramanian

Manuscripts from 2014

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How to Create Entrepreneurial and Innovative Culture and Sustain it in a Large Organization?, Emmanuel Ameisen

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From a Global Perspective, Based on Cost­‐Benefit Analysis, Which Social Media Tool(s) is/are the Most Effective for Attracting Talent?, Emmanuel Ameisen and Roscoe Balter

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What are the Characteristics that Separate High Potential Executives From the Rest?, Emmanuel Ameisen and Chubing Hong

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What are the Common Factors Among Consulting Competency Models?, Roscoe Balter

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What Diversity Metrics are Best Used to Track and Improve Employee Diversity?, Roscoe Balter, Joy Chow, and Yin Jin

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What are the Best Practices for Talent Planning?, Joy Chow

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Beyond Technology, How are Global Organizations Simplifying Their HR Processes and What are the Processes That Most Organizations Choose to Centralize?, Chubing Hong

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What Strategies are Most Effective for Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Experienced Hires in Technical Roles?, Yin Jin

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What are the Best Practices to Groom Gen Y'ers in an Organization?, Soojung Lee

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How Can Companies Harness a Learning Organization to Lead the Collaborative Culture?, Soojung Lee and Yin Jin

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What Ways Can We Use Big Data to Offer More Personalized and Tailored HR Services to our Employees?, Soojung Lee and Jonathan Masannat

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What are the Academic Findings About Top Variables for Predicting Career Progression Potential?, Lin Li

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How Should We Measure the Effectiveness of our Corporate University Programs?, Jonathan Masannat

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How do you Create a Culture Where All Employees Take Accountability for Decision Making?, Maria Rose Muir

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What Steps are Manufacturing Companies Taking to Help Increase the Number of Women in Leadership and Non-Staff Roles?, Marie Rose Muir and Chubing Hong

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What are the Top Factors That Drive Employee Retention and are There Demographic (Gender, Generation, Ethnicity, Geography, etc.) Differences in These Factors?, Marie Rose Muir and Lin Li

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What are the Business Impacts of Having Career Development Practices/Programs?, John Stahno

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What are the Proven Financial Benefits of Health and Wellness Programs?, John Stahno and Joy Chow

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Are There Any Best Practices for Developing Gen Y/Young Professionals?, John Stahno and Jing Yang

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What Forms of Mentoring Programs are Available at Other Big Companies?, Jing Yang

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What are the Latest Trends in Career Pathing Models as Well as the Most Effective Ways to Accelerate High Potential Development?, Jing Yang, Lin Li, and Jonathan Masannat

Manuscripts from 2013

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What are Canadian Labor Laws as They Relate to Leave Administration, Specifically Military, Disability, FMLA, Vacation and Bereavement?, Jane Calder and Bryan Macfarlane

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What is one Strategy for Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Management and Executive Positions?, Jane Calder and Scott Ross

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What are the Most Effective Executive Compensation Strategies for Levels not Eligible for Long Term Incentive?, Jane Calder and Suzanne Shah-Hosseini

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When Developing a Career Path, What are the Key Elements to Include?, Jing Cao and Desiree Thomas

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What Are Best Practices to Promote High Ranking Female Employees?, Jing Cao and Wei Xue

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What Are the Best Practices to Promote High-Ranking Female Employees Within Organizations?, Jing Cao and Wei Xue

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What are Mentoring and Sponsoring and How do they Impact Organizations?, Jing Cao and Yu-Chung Yang

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What are the Top Cultural Characteristics That Appear in High-Performing Organizations Across Multiple Industries?, Jaewoo Kim and Seung Cheon Bang